The Brown University Library seeks an innovative and collaborative Health Sciences Librarian for Clinical Support, with primary liaison responsibility for the clinical departments (including faculty and residents) of the Warren Alpert Medical School, and for providing library services for research, education, and learning in support of the health and biomedical sciences at Brown. The HSL for Clinical Support will build engagement with medical faculty and residents by providing research consultations and partnerships, developing synchronous and asynchronous education/instruction, and creating other relevant programming for the clinical community. As part of Health and Biomedical Library Services (HBLS), the librarian will contribute to the Library’s Evidence Synthesis service, partnering with faculty on systematic reviews and other high-level review publications, and will partner with HBLS colleagues to strategically develop research lifecycle services and education and curricular support for Brown’s health and biomedical sciences community. This is a new position, reporting to the Director of Health and Biomedical Library Services. The Warren Alpert Medical School (part of Brown’s Division of Biology and Medicine) is in a period of expansive growth and innovation, including investments in physician-scientists, new research initiatives, expanded medical education programs, and the alignment of research infrastructure with our affiliated teaching hospitals.
Librarians in HBLS also collaborate with colleagues across the Library to develop programs and services; contribute to strategy for developing relevant collections targeted to support disciplinary and interdisciplinary research across the health sciences; and maintain a high level of professional engagement both with colleagues in other institutions and with the professional literature. This is a highly collaborative position: partnerships with librarians in the Center for Library Exploration and Research, Academic Engagement, and the Center for Digital Scholarship are common. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and a dedication to anti-racism are critically important to the Library, the Warren Alpert Medical School, and the University; the successful candidate will be committed to incorporating these values in their instruction, engagement, and professional practice. Thus, experience and/or familiarity with research and/or concepts related to antiracism, anti-Black racism, intersectionality, health disparities, transgender health, LGBT health, critical race theory (and other overlapping themes) is especially favored.
The Brown University Library is a dynamic center of scholarship and community at the heart of a world-class research university. Supporting and collaborating with a broad and diverse academic constituency, the Library is essential for Brown’s mission “to serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry.” Integrating with Brown’s ambitious strategic plans, the Library is a site of innovation that fuels intellectual creativity. Signature Library initiatives include the establishment of the Center for Library Exploration and Research to increase campus and community impact, and the Racial Justice Project to assess and counteract the legacies of historical racism in library practice. We are seeking outstanding library professionals at all levels of the organization who are excited about advancing academic excellence at the highest level, and who will bring a wide array of backgrounds, experiences, and abilities to a scholarly community that is actively committed to being more diverse and inclusive.
The Brown University Library is open to a broad range of ways and contexts in which candidates might demonstrate how they meet these qualifications through work experience, coursework, community involvement and life experiences. Please use your cover letter to address how your combination of expertise, experience, and skills are relevant to the work described, addressing each of the required qualifications.
Education and Experience
- Master’s degree in Library & Information Sciences from an ALA accredited institution or an advanced degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Two (2) years experience in an academic or medical library. Will consider recent library school graduates with appropriate experience and education.
- Demonstrated knowledge of information resources in the health and biomedical sciences.
- Training and demonstrated experience with principles of evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal
- Familiarity with point of care resources along with evidence synthesis tools, methodologies, guidelines, and standards.
- Awareness of scholarly communication issues within the health sciences, including evolving clinical research data management and public access standards and requirements
- Experience providing instruction to individuals or groups in an academic setting.
- Medical Library Association specialization (Systematic Reviews, Data Services, or Consumer Health Information) or AHIP certification
- Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment, and to advancing these values in instruction, engagement, and professional practice.
- Experience and/or familiarity with research and/or concepts related to antiracism, anti-Black racism, intersectionality, health disparities, transgender health, LGBTQIA+ health, critical race theory, and other overlapping themes.
- Demonstrated success in delivering effective instruction and research support independently and in a team-based environment.
- Strong public presentation, interpersonal, and communication skills.
- Demonstrated skills in collaboration and teamwork within a dynamic, continually evolving environment. Excellent analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
- Commitment to excellent public services, improving the library user experience, and continuous improvement through assessment.
Best consideration date: September 15, 2023
This position is hybrid eligible.
All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of background check and education requirements.
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